What is HMB?

HMB

Historical Medieval Battles (HMB) or Buhurt from Old French béhourd: “wallop”.

Armoured combat or buhurt sometimes known as medieval MMA, is a modern full contact fighting sport with blunt steel weapons whose roots are firmly planted in the medieval tourney of the 14th and 15th century. Armour and weapons have to follow historical authenticity of medieval manuscripts and safety regulations published on official Battle of the Nations website.

Fighters are protected with steel armour, made to aesthetically be as close to their historical counterparts as possible. Hits and blows may be aimed at almost any part of the body with the limitations laid out in the rules and regulations; both wrestling and striking techniques are permitted to take your opponent down.

Unlike staged battles of re-enactment the competitions in buhurt are full contact sporting events that are refereed by the knight marshals who have special training and combat experience.

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Brotherhood…

This sport isn’t just mindless violence, there is physical skill, strength in both body and of character.
There is also sportsmanship and brotherhood, not only with your team but your opponents too.

1v1 Duels

Duels are won through scoring points; a fighter must deliver a certain number of blows, commonly 10, to his opponent or gain the maximum number of points within a certain period of time. The tournaments are divided into:

‘Shield-sword’ fighters compete with each other, using a heater shield and sword
‘Sword-sword’ each fighter has a one-handed sword and no shield
‘Sword – buckler’ fighters use a swords and small round steel shield known as a buckler, first fighter to 5 hits wins.
‘Longsword’ fighters use longswords
‘Nonstandard’ weapons that do not fit the first two categories: halberd, two-handed axe, two-handed swords, etc. are used for fighting.
There is also a category called ‘Triathlon’: three rounds with different weapons, the first one – ‘longsword’, the second one – ‘sword-buckler’, the third one – ‘shield-sword’.

1v1 pro-fight sparring

Mass Battles

Mass Battle Categories
5 vs 5, 10 vs 10, 12 vs 12, 16 vs 16, 30 vs 30…As the numbers change, so do the weapons, tactics and the role of each member of the team.

Any tourney that lasts more than one day is a grind on the mind and body, putting on armour still cold from the previous days sweat and feeling the bruising from the several fights you’ve already had…

If you are still in the competition on day 3 and stood shoulder to shoulder with your team-mates, about to fight a team as equally skilled and stubborn as you…that’s where it’s at.

The rules of mass battles, there are no points, you win by being the last team standing.